A carefully collage of trash, pilled on top of each other and crowned by a light. Harry Richardson and Clare Page, who form Committee, made a small series of Kebab lamps: A colourful assortment of pottery animals, vases, figurines, boxes and other bric-a-brac.
Objects come from the streets, flee markets and junk stalls. â€˜Looking at these objects, it isn’t clear if they are beautiful and noble on their way up to the heavenly rubbish dump in the sky, or a chintzy portrayal of consumption.’ Richardson and Page formed Committee in 2001 and work as designers applying â€˜pragmatism and imagination’ to explore â€˜the drama of the everyday’.
â€˜The drama of the everyday is an important theme for us, and the Kebab Lamp explores the possibility of making a spectacle of attractive qualities out of the random and ordinary. Each one is hopefully a celebration of the very human instinct to aspire to the absolutes of beauty, elegance and sexiness from the jumble of everyday existence.’
Committee (since 2001) Harry Richardson (1975) and Clare Page (1975)
Victory Kebab Lamp (2005)
Design Museum London, England
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